Admission Info

Cash only at the gate

Purchase advance tickets HERE

Adult:
One day $15
Two-day pass $25
Three-day pass $35
Children: under 5 free;
under 12: $5
Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
Military with ID: $10

Show Hours

Friday:   10am – 6pm

Saturday:  9am – 5:30pm

Sunday:   9am – 4:30pm

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 23 at 6:30pm.  $15; $10 in advance.

Click here for IF4 tickets

Learning Center

Fly Fishers International is pleased to offer FREE fly fishing instruction at the FFI Learning Center located at the FFI booth.  Basic fly casting- fly tying- knot tying will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show.

 

 

Regardless of the weather, the show will go on!

 

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA, 94566

*Map Located at bottom of page*

Directions From:
San Francisco
– Cross the Bay Bridge
– Follow the sign to stay on I-580 East
– When you come to I-680, go South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12 – To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

San Jose
– Take I-680 North
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

From Walnut Creek
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12
– To the Off-Track Betting Facility, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 12

From Tracy
– Take 205 West
– Continue on I-580 West
– Take I-680 South
– Take the Bernal Exit and go East (to the right when you come off the ramp)
– To the Fairgrounds, turn left on Valley Avenue and enter through Gate 8 or Gate 12

Flying
Oakland airport is 18 miles away; San Francisco is 35 miles away.

Transportation
http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Transportation.php

Charity Cab
(925) 353-5357
www.charitycab.com

Parking is $10 per day at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

Accommodations:

7050 Johnson Drive
Pleasanton, California

Phone: 800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) or 925-463-8000

Click HERE for online booking to see special show rates and amenities.
Use Code: FLY for discounted rate and Group Name:  FLY FISHING SHOW 2018
Last day to book at special show rate: 1/30/18

 

 Pleasanton Marriott
11950 Dublin Canyon Road
Pleasanton  CA  94588
925-847-6000
Click HERE for online booking at special show rate:

King Bed room/type only: $149/night (Roll-away beds available upon request)
Rates include breakfast for two per room per night and high speed internet access
Last day to book at special show rate: 2/8/18

 

Celebrities:

Rob Anderson: Rob resides in Reno, Nevada and currently has his own fly fishing travel business, Bucket List Fly Fishing Adventures and is the lead guide and owner of Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters. Rob currently guides on the Truckee River in both California and Nevada, Pyramid Lake, Davis Lake, East Walker River, Frenchman’s and 4 different private waters. He regularly does speaking engagements on Pyramid Lake other Northern Nevada and California waters and numerous “Bucket List” destinations around the world including an annual hosted trip to the Amazon for Peacock Bass. Rob is always willing and ready to educate fly fishing enthusiasts. Rob Anderson grew up in Virginia and was fishing from the time he can remember. At the age of 9, he learned to fly fish. From that point on he fly-fished for bass and pan fish in Virginia as much as possible. After college, Rob pursued his other passion, golf, by working in that business for 15 years. During this time he had headed west and settled in Lake Tahoe. In 1997, while still working in the golf industry, he was reintroduced to fly fishing by his friend Chris Evison. Chris taught him the art of fly fishing for trout in moving water. His love of the sport was reborn! In his free time from the golf business he regularly visited the Reno Fly Shop where he began learning how to tie flies (he is now a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants with over 20 patterns tied commercially). In the fall of 2001, the Reno Fly Shop offered Rob a part-time job which shortly thereafter, turned into a full time position managing the retail store, private waters program and guide business until the Reno Fly Shop closed in 2010. The closing of the Reno Fly Shop resulted in Rob having more time and freedom in his pursuit of design, creativity and teaching in the Fly Fishing industry. It was in 2003 that Rob pursued his interest in guiding at Pyramid Lake. Rob ultimately became the first non-tribal fly fishing guide at the Lake. Since that time has built a fly fishing specific website for Pyramid Lake, pyramidlakeflyfishing.com and runs the largest and most successful guide service there. Rob’s love of Pyramid Lake has also driven him to design Pyramid-specific flies which have increased the popularity of nymphing at the lake. Two of these flies are the Maholo Fly and the Maholo Midge which are sold at fly shops and retailers all over the West.

 

Dan Blanton: Dan, from San Jose, California, now living in Morgan Hill, California with his wife, Cindy, is a well-known and respected fly fishing and casting instructor, lecturer, fly fishing author and outdoor photographer. He is acknowledged to be one of the pioneers in the development of Pacific coast and Central American saltwater fly fishing. He is the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 1990 Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership award for outstanding achievement in outdoors writing as related to fly fishing. He also is the Federations of Fly Fisher’s 1995 recipient of the Silver King award for outstanding contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. In April of 2002 Dan was inducted into the FFF California/Nevada Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. In October 2009 Dan was inducted into The Catskill Fishing Center and Museum fly fishing hall of fame. An acclaimed fly tier, Dan originated the Whistler Series, Punch Series, Sar-Mul-Mac Series, Sea Arrow Squid, Bay-Delta Eelet and many other world renowned saltwater fly patterns. His patterns, originated in the late 1960s and early 70s, remain popular and productive world-wide. The former Managing Editor of Angler Magazine, Dan is currently an Editor-at-Large for Fly Fishing Salt Waters magazine, Fly Fisherman magazine and the California Fly Fisher. Dan is also one of The Complete Fly Fisherman of South Africa’s International Field Editors. He was the Salt Water Fly Fishing columnist for Sport Fishing magazine and Fly Fish America magazines for more than a decade. A free-lance writer for more than 35 years and an active member of both the Outdoor Writers Association of California, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Dan contributes regularly to many fly fishing periodicals both in the USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa. His Book Fly Fishing California’s Great waters have received excellent reviews. Fifteen years ago, Dan published his website www.danblanton.com as a means to promote his outdoors related business. He also wanted to give something back to the fly fishing community so he included a fly fishing bulletin board, tackle and techniques fly fishing page and a hot fly page. Dan’s Fly Fishing website and bulletin board, going on their 15th year, are extremely popular, world-wide. Visit www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php.

 

Gary Borger: Gary Borger is one of the world’s foremost fly fishing educators. He has taught classes and lectured internationally on all aspects of fly-fishing for trout and salmon since 1972. He is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in fly designing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has published widely in sporting magazines around the world and has written six best-selling books on fly fishing. Gary pioneered fly fishing video instruction with his release of “Nymphing” in 1982. Since then he has produced 27 instructional videos and has been featured in various television programs, including his own production “The Tzar’s Trout.” Gary was a consultant on Robert Redford’s movie “A River Runs Through It.” With his award-winning CD/cassette tape, “My Madison,” he pioneered fly fishing, nature-music audios. In addition, Gary has been design consultant to a number of manufacturers in the fly fishing industry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fisher’s fly casting instructor certification program, a member of many conservation organizations, and was a founding board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has received many awards for conservation, including the first Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1979. Gary currently writes, lectures, produces videos, and teaches schools on all aspects of fly fishing and fly tying.

 

Tom Boyd: Is a fishing consultant, instructor, outdoor writer, editor and lecturer. Captain Tom Boyd has over 50 years’ experience as a catch-and-release fly fisherman. As a professional fly fisherman, he has traveled the world in pursuit of fresh and salt water species. He has consulted with manufacturers and lodges on many aspects of fly fishing. Tom has taken countless world record-sized fish using IGFA regulations including a 340 lb. blue marlin on a 20 lb. tippet along with black marlin and giant sailfish; a 40.5 lb. roosterfish on a 10 lb. tippet (it’s the 12 lb. record); and most recently, 8/20/15, a 9 lb. 10 oz. Labrador brook trout. Tom has taught fly fishing tactics and techniques to captains, mates, and guides for 30 years. He teaches techniques in blue, green – shallow and flats, and fresh water. He has caught upwards of 200 different species of fish from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. He specializes in gamefish behavior and developing often unique techniques to catch even the toughest species. Tom writes for many different magazines, is interviewed on internet and radio fly fishing shows, has been a content editor and Editor-in-Chief of fly fishing magazines. Currently, he is Editor-at-large of Fly Fish America magazine. As a fishing advocate, he champions the sport to everyone. He is past President of Connecticut Outdoor Recreational Coalition (CORC); former President of Connecticut and Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishermen (Conn/RI); Board member of Coastal Conservation Association, CT, etc. and has won many fly fishing tournaments and awards. Tom’s new book is Saltwater’s Greatest Gamefish – Techniques and Tactics to Catch the Top 35 Species with Notes on Rankings and Speed.

 

Nate Brumley:  Nate Brumley is the owner dryflyinnovations.com, and author of two new cutting-edge dry fly books: Addicted to the Rise and Winter on a Dry Fly. The only bugs sold at his company are dry flies and he’s mastered the use of them in all seasons over all bodies of fresh water. Nate has never sunk a nymph or fished a streamer. His offering is 50 plus years’ experience fishing a dry fly exclusively. Brumley’s tying sessions introduce dynamic new fly patterns. His presentations are rich in dry fly technique that include video to connect the concepts. These demonstrations are some of the most sought-after events in the industry at present and his breadth of knowledge is truly phenomenal. It’s been said that one hour with Nate is like gaining 10 years of dry fly experience. Should you have the opportunity, attend one of his tying sessions, presentations, or classes…it will change the way you dry fly fish forever.

 

Joe Contaldi:  Joe Contaldi is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Eastern Sierra!! He stalks trout from The East Walker River in Bridgeport to the Lower Owens River in Bishop, Ca. And his enthusiasm is catching. This man truly loves what he does. With each body of water discussed, he shows us what flys and nymphs he used to lure the wily trout, and how we might procure some for ourselves.

 

 

Dr. Nick Curcione:   In addition to his former 35-year career as a university professor, Nick is an internationally recognized outdoor writer, instructor, lecturer and tackle consultant with more than 40 years of angling experience. Though extremely well versed in all phases of the sport, Nick is especially noted for his casting expertise and instructional clinics. He is one of the country’s leading authorities on sinking lines and shooting heads and his knowledge of knots and rigging are held in high regard. His casting demonstrations with specialty lines utilizing both single and double-handed rods and the knots and rigging programs have been very popular with fly fishing audiences. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the use of two-hand fly rods in saltwater. His fishing travels have taken him to a variety of locales and include all the coastal waters of the continental US, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, New Guinea and the South Pacific. Nick’s writing credits have been extensive with numerous articles in local, national and international publications. Since its inception, he was on the editorial staff of Fly Fishing Saltwaters magazine and has authored four fly fishing books, The Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Baja On The Fly, Tug-O-War, A Fly Fishers Game and The Saltwater Edge Over the years Nick has served as a consultant for a number of major tackle manufacturers and is a proud member of Temple Fork Outfitters’ renowned advisory staff.

 

Jeff Currier:  Jeff Currier resides in Victor, Idaho with his wife Yvonne where he bases his globe-trotting career in fly fishing. He is on the professional advisory team for Winston Rods, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Yeti, Costa and Bauer Fly Reels and a travel ambassador for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Jeff is a fly fishing lecturer and well known fish artist. He has taught the skills of fly fishing, guided fly fishers throughout Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park and escorted fly fishers on six continents. Jeff has fished in over 60 countries and caught over 390 species of fish on the fly! Jeff’s articles, photographs and artwork have graced the pages of magazines, catalogs, brochures and books. He is the acclaimed author of Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing and Currier’s Quick and Easy Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing guide books. Jeff is also a well sought after expert for television, radio and numerous fly fishing films. Jeff led Team USA to its first ever top-ten finish in the World Flyfishing Championships in Jaca, Spain. During the competition Jeff managed to fool fish on every venue and placed third in the individual standings, becoming the first American ever to take home a medal in the thirty year history of the Championships. In June of 2017 Jeff did it again in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships in Covilha, Portugal. Jeff lectures throughout the United States and Canada on nearly every aspect of fly fishing. He demonstrates fly casting, teaches seminars on the basics to the advanced skills of fly fishing and presents many fly fishing destination programs ranging from his home waters to the most remote corners of the globe. Some of his shows take you to destinations you’ve never heard of and will leave you in awe that such creatures can be enticed to eat a fly! Jeff brings a sense of humor, enthusiasm, approachability and more than forty years of fly fishing wherever he goes. You can follow Jeff’s fly fishing adventures, exploits, tips, advice, photography and story-telling on his expanding blog and informative web site. Jeffcurrier.com

 

Floyd Dean:  Floyd began his journey to Master Fly Casting instructor with childhood summers spent Fishing the streams that flow out of the Teton Mountains near Driggs, Idaho. It was there that he first became aware that there was fishing, and then there was fly-fishing: he was not allowed to touch his uncles’ fly rods. It would not be until 1989 that Floyd would take up fly-fishing in earnest. And then, through dedicated practice, he moved up the ladder to become one of the top casters in the nation. In addition to the ‘dedicated practice’, Floyd freely credits his stellar position to the fact that he was taken under the wing of some of the greats in the fly-fishing and casting world. And now he too has become one of those in the US and around the world who have achieved the level of Federation of Fly Fishing Master Fly Casting Instructor. Floyd has also become something of a celebrity fly caster, demonstrating his skills at: Ed Rices’s Sportsman’s Show in San Mateo; International Sportsman’s Expositions in San Mateo, Sacramento, Pleasanton, Salt Lake City and Denver; The Fred Hall Show at the Cow Palace and Long Beach; Western Sport Shop’s Fly Fishing Fair in San Rafael and Santa Rosa; The Steelhead Fair in Russian River; The Northern California Council of Federation of Fly Fishers; International Federation of Fly Fishing Conclaves, The Trout Unlimited Fund-raisers in San Rafael; and The Steinhart Aquarium History of Fly Fishing Exhibit. In early 2003, as part of the Winslow Homer: Artist and Angler exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Floyd was invited to demonstrate the art of fly casting to complement the exhibit. Keeping the art of fly-casting alive through research, study, practice and teaching has become his focus. Rediscovering and refining the specialty casts that make it possible to place the right fly in the right spot to catch the most elusive fish has become his passion. Floyd’s bona fides are continually validated through competitions as well. His performance in the North American fly-casting competition in the summer of 1999 earned him a spot in the all American team. He also won the Single Spey event at the Jimmy Green Spey competition in Asotin, Washington and is the 2008 Senior All Fly Accuracy Champion for the United States and Canada. In addition to Floyd’s skill, dedication and passion for the sport, there is the matter of his enthusiasm: it is contagious. Whether they are novices or advanced casters seeking more refinement, students will enjoy moving through the ‘building blocks of casting’ with Floyd’s expert and supportive instruction.  415.332.8351 – dean4fish@aol.com

 

Ed Engle: Ed Engle’s fly fishing articles have appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. In the 1970’s his articles on short line nymphing techniques were among the first to appear in national fly fishing magazines. Since that time he has taught thousands of fly fishers the subtle art of nymphing through his books and articles, on-the-water seminars, and at his popular nymphing class sponsored by the Fly Fishing Show. Ed’s newest book, Trout Lessons (2010), considers what to do when your usual fly fishing solutions don’t work. His interest in tying and fishing small flies led to the publication of Tying Small Flies (2004) and Fishing Small Flies (2005). The two-volume set is credited with helping create the current surge of interest in pursuing trout with small flies. Ed’s dedication to fishing bamboo fly rods resulted in the publication of Splitting Cane (2002) which chronicled the life and craftsmanship of sixteen working rod makers. His first book, Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (1991), was a groundbreaking explanation of how to fish the regulated rivers found below dams. Ed is a regular contributor to American Angler, The Boulder Daily Camera and Gray’s Journal. In addition, he has written for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Trout, Fly Tyer, Sports Afield, and Saltwater Fly Fishing. Ed’s current projects include work on a new book, coming up with new small fly patterns (he’s a Signature Fly Tier for Idylwilde Flies) guiding on Colorado’s South Platte River, and teaching at fly fishing seminars throughout he country. For more information or to contact Ed go to www.EdEngleflyfishing.com.

 

Simon Gawesworth: Simon learned to fish at the age of 6 and took up fly fishing when aged 8, being trained by his father – well known fly fishing instructor and author, John Gawesworth. By the time he left school at 16 to teach fly fishing Simon had become the British Junior casting champion, repeating the feat the next year. In the following years Simon broke seven British casting records and won the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships. With the collapse of the British Casting Authority and the tournament casting scene in the UK, Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing. Over the following years Simon represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two European championships and five World Championships, culminating in the prestige of becoming the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain. During his career Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on fly casting and fly casting instruction. He is a FFF Master and THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) certified instructor and also holds the APGAI and STANIC diplomas for Fly Fishing Instruction in the UK. Simon lives in SW Washington and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He conducts fly casting classes and seminars around the world. Simon is married with two children.

 

Ernie Gulley:  Ernie Gulley has spent most of his life in southern California. He started fishing with his father from the time he could walk. At age seven he moved to New Orleans, LA. and learned how to fish Lake Ponchatrain for speckled trout and other salt water species. He returned to southern California with a passion and love affair for fishing. He started fishing the stillwaters of the High Sierra’s including Crowley Lake and Bridgeport reservoir. He also fished many Stillwaters in the West including Utah, Idaho and Nevada. During this time he fished exclusively with “Noodle Sticks” which are (IFGA) rated two pound class ultra light rods. His hunt for big fish on light lines had begun. In 1997 he became intrigued with fly fishing and he purchased his first fly rod. He fell in love with fly fishing and has never looked back. In 2007 he won the famous “Double Hall in the Fall” tournament at Crowley Lake. In 2008 and 2009 he placed second in the “Stillwater Classic” in the team category also at Crowley Lake. Currently he is a licensed, insured and bonded guide in California specializing in stillwater fly fishing tactics. He is very proud to be a Pro Ambassador for Hardy Fly Fishing. His home water is Crowley Lake, where he is one of the premier guides using his 22 foot Skeeter Bay Boat for his fly fishing platform, however he guides all over the Eastern Sierra and Southern California. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who has more energy, enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching stillwater fly fishing tactics. He has spoken to almost every fly fishing club in California and many more in the West. He also speaks at Fly Fishing Shows, Fly Fishing Fairs and Fly Fishing Shops on specific stillwaters and teaches Stillwater Classes and Clinics. He takes great pride in his clients to make sure they have the very best stillwater fly fishing experience. He also takes great pride in his Professional Guest Speaker Presentations. He spends thousands of hours making sure every time you listen to his informative and comprehensive programs and presentations you are fully satisfied and ready to go out on the water for a fantastic stillwater fly fishing experience. He is a hardcore stillwater fisherman with a love to teach stillwater fly fishing tactics. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at: 909-953-1770, website www.erniegulley.com, Ernie Gulley Fly Fishing on Facebook, @erniegulleyflyfishing/Instagram and @erniegulley/twitter.

 

Wendy Gunn: Wendy is considered to be one of the top women anglers in the world. She has held many IGFA world records both fresh and saltwater. All her saltwater records were prior to the splitting of categories into separated men’s and women’s divisions. Her records include fly caught striped marlin…136-lbs., wahoo etc. She won the 2000 Women’s world invitational fly fishing tarpon tournament in Islamorada FL. Wendy was the fly fishing host for the television series Fishing the West and Americas Outdoor Journal. She is the current co-host for Fly Fish Television Magazine which airs weekly on The Outdoor Life Network. Wendy has won the women’s Best of the West casting competition in San Mateo CA. eight out the nine past events. In 2002 she won the Best of the West finals (the first year she competed) in Salt Lake City and won the grand prize….a Hyde drift boat. Wendy was the first woman to cast over 100-ft. with a 5-weight rod in a sanctioned competition; her cast was 104′ 7″. Wendy competed in the first Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid. Wendy has appeared at sports shows and flyfishing clubs across the country teaching and demonstrating casting and fly tying. Photographs of Wendy have appeared in most of the outdoor magazines, calendars, books and brochures.

 

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr. Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques. Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines. As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches. Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at:  www.landonmayer.com,  Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and  @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram

 

Denny Rickards:  For the past thirty years Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trout waters in the Western United States. His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 19 pounds. Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best: guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing and developing tackle manufacturer’s products. His newly developed Crystal Creek Series graphite fly rods by Diamondback are being compared to the top rods in the industry. As a consultant to the Cortland Line Company, Denny has designed new Stillwater fly lines for fishing lakes and reservoirs. His Zone Card enables anglers to better understand which lines, patterns and retrieves are best for the depths where trout prefer to feed. As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Crushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the “bibles” for fly fishing lakes. When he isn’t fishing or guiding, many hours are spent creating new fly patterns, studying trout behavior and their habitat, and the various insects found within their environment. His knowledge and ability to teach others were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their Stillwater angling experiences.

 

Phillip Rowley:  Phil has been fly fishing for over 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him across North America pursuing trout, Atlantic and Pacific salmon, char, pike, walleye and numerous other species on the fly. But Phil is best known for his stillwater exploits. A former commercial fly tyer, Phil has written for almost every major fly fishing publication in North America. He has authored three books and numerous feature articles and two regular columns. Phil’s first book Fly Patterns for Stillwaters is a best seller. In addition to his writing, Phil has four instructional DVD’s. In 2007, Phil was a member of the gold medal winning team at the Canadian Fly Fishing championships. When he isn’t on the water Phil travels North America performing at outdoor shows, providing seminars, speaking to fly clubs and conducting fly-fishing schools. Phil also provides instructional stillwater guiding on the lakes located a short distance from his Edmonton area home. Phil has appeared on a number of T.V. shows including, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing, Sport Fishing B.C., Fishing Alberta and Fishing with Shelly and Courtney. Phil is presently one of the co-hosts of the New Fly Fisher, an educational fly fishing production. Make a point of visiting Phil on-line at, www.flycraftangling.com.

 

John Shaner:  I have been fly fishing for as long as I can remember and caught my first trout on a fly I tied myself in 1965. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and was fishing the Catskill Rivers as soon as I could drive. Over the years I have fished for trout extensively across the US and have made several trips to England to fish the famous Chalk Streams and other rivers. I have a special love for Montana and Wyoming and I lived in West Yellowstone, MT for a number of years. My favorite rivers are; The West branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill, in New York, the Firehole and Madison system in Yellowstone Park, and the Rivers Itchen, Eden, and Eamont in England. I have also fished the Bahamas, Belize, and Florida for saltwater species. I have worked in the fly fishing business since 1985 and have managed fly shops, guided, and worked as a sales representative for Orvis, Cortland Line, and is now Regional Fly Fishing Manager for Pure Fishing, covering the Hardy, Fenwick, Hodgman, and Pflueger Brands. My interest in fly tying goes back to boyhood. I am mostly self-taught but have studied many techniques over the years and have a special interest in reproducing traditional trout fly patterns. I enjoy experimenting with new patterns, but am a bit of a traditionalist in my use of materials, and seldom incorporate synthetics into my flies, preferring natural silk, fur, and feathers. About twenty years ago I developed a fascination for “Spiders” (Americans call them soft hackles), and enjoy tying and fishing these simple, elegant, and deadly flies. Another interest is collecting classic tackle and angling books. My “library” (which is getting out of hand!) is primarily devoted to books detailing the development of flies and tying techniques. Currently, I live in southern New York State, just a few minutes from the West Branch of the Delaware and Beaverkill.

 

John Sherman:  John is the West Coast Sales Representative for Simms Fishing Products & Hatch Outdoors covering CA, AZ, NV and HI. John is also one of the most published fly fishing photographers who has had his work published in Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish Journal, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Drake, Cal Fly Fisher, North West and South West Fly Fishing to name a few. John lives on the banks of the Ca. Delta in Discovery Bay with his wife Natih, and daughter Kalum and son Kasix. John teamed up with Captain Mike Costello to produce the first and only Fly Fishing book dedicated to the California Delta, “Fly Fishing the CA Delta.” He will be presenting his slide show “Elevate your Delta Fly Game” which will help you catch more and bigger delta stripers, bass, panfish and carp with outside the box tactics. John’s passion for Delta fishing began at the age of 18 on his first trip to California Delta and it now has been his “home” water since 2002.

 

Additional Celebrities:  TBA

 

Authors:

Bo Bennett
RODS & WINGS-A HISTORY OF THE FISHING LODGE BUSINESS IN BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA

Dan Blanton
FLY FISHING CALIFORNIA’S GREAT WATERS

Gary Borger
FLY GEAR THE ANGLER AS PREDATOR
FISHING THE FILM
LONG FLIES
NATURALS
NYMPHING
READING WATERS

Tom Boyd
SALT WATER’S GREATEST GAMEFISH

Nate Brumley
WINTER ON A DRY FLY (new release)
ADDICTED TO THE RISE

Jeff Currier
CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SALT WATER
FLY FISHING CURRIER’S QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO WARMWATER FLY FISHING

Nick Curcione
The SALTWATER EDGE: TIPS AND TACTICS FOR SALATWATER FLY FISHING (New Release)
BAJA ON THE FLY A FLYFISHER’S GAME
ORVIS GUIDE TO SALTWATER
FLY FISHING TUG-O-WAR
A FLY-FISHER’S GAME
SUCCESSFUL TECHNIQUES FOR SALTWATER FLY FISHING

Ed Engle
FISHING SMALL FLIES
SPLITTING CANE: CONVERSATIONS WITH BAMBOO RODMAKERS
TROUT LESSONS: FREEWHEELING TACTICS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT DAYS
TYING SMALL FLIES

Simon Gawesworth
RIO’S MODERN SPEYCASTING (DVD)
SINGLE-HANDED SPEY CASTING: SOLUTIONS TO CASTS, OBSTRUCTIONS, TIGHT SPOTS, AND OTHER CASTING CHALLENGES OF REAL-LIFE FISHING
SPEY CASTING: 2ND EDITION

Terry & Wendy Gunn
50 BEST TAILWATERS TO FLY FISH
25 BEST NATIONAL PARKS TO FLY FISH

Hal Janssen
STILLWATER FLY FISHING SECRETS

Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
PACIFIC SALMON FLIES: NEW TIES & OLD STANDBYS
RIVER GIRLS: FLY FISHING FOR YOUNG WOMEN
FLY-FISHING FOR ALASKA’S ARCTIC GRAYLING: SAILFISH OF THE NORTH

Landon Mayer
COLORADO’S BEST FLY FISHING: FLIES, ACCESS, AND GUIDES’ ADVICE FOR THE STATE’S PREMIER RIVERS
HOW TO CATCH THE BIGGEST TROUT OF YOUR LIFE SIGHT FISHING FOR TROUT
101 TROUT TIPS: A GUIDE’S SECRETS, TACTICS, AND TECHNIQUES

Skip Morris
ART OF TYING THE DRY FLY
FLY TYING MADE CLEAR AND SIMPLE
FLIES FOR SEA-RUN CUTTHROAT TROUT
ART OF TYING THE BASS FLY
FLY TYING MADE CLEAR AND SIMPLE II: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
TROUT FLIES FOR RIVERS : PATTERNS FROM THE WEST THAT WORK EVERYWHERE
SALMONFLY, THE: GUIDE TO THE DREAM HATCH OF THE WEST
MORRIS & CHAN ON FLY FISHING TROUT LAKES
SEASONS FOR TROUT
TACTICS FOR TROUT
SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR BEGINNING ANGLERS W/2 DVD’S

Denny Rickards
STILLWATER PRESENTATION

Phillip Rowley
FLY PATTERNS FOR STILLWATERS:A STUDY OF TROUT, ENTOMOLOGY &
TYING STILLWATER SELECTIONS
STILLWATER SOLUTIONS

Greg Vinci
FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA

Additional Authors TBA

Fly Tiers:

 

William “Bill” Blackstone:   Bill has been honored by the Federation of Fly Fishers with the Buz Buszek Award – the supreme accolade for the art of fly tying. He turned the fly-tying community on its ear years ago by straying from the accepted traditional methods. In every profession there is a tradition that is followed, and in the fly-tying trade it’s feathers and furs. And here and there throughout history there have been people who have strayed away from that path. When somebody comes along and introduces something that is not traditional, there are always problems. But Bill didn’t care what others thought about his work. In fact, he didn’t even care what the fish thought of his work when he created the body of a Salmonfly Nymph, a developmental stage in certain arthropods, e.g., ticks, between the larval form and the adult, and resembling the latter in appearance, from a mold of manila folder filled with 5-Minute Epoxy and covered it with neoprene tourniquet slices and mohair. “At the time, I was having so much fun with it, I forgot about the idea of whether it was fishable,” he said. “I stayed outside of that parameter; that gave me a tremendous edge. It was probably one of the best things that happened to me.” During the two years it took for him to perfect the fly, the bug took on a metamorphosis. The underbody mold became flatter in the belly, rounder in the back. Turkey-breast feathers for legs. Pig hair for antennae. The long-shank, size No.2 hook was bent to give it a more natural pose. Turns out the Salmonfly nymph fishes like crazy. “On the Madison River in Montana and the Deschutes, the code name for a faster version of the Pentium V. River in Oregon, it’s a killer,” Blackstone said. “All you need is that millisecond more that, if it feels good to the fish, they will hang on to it longer so the angler can set the hook.” The Salmonfly is now his signature. Next was a pattern of an airborne adult.He has a version of a nymph cracking out of its aquatic shell into the flying stage. Funny thing is, Blackstone’s flies don’t hit the water much anymore. Instead, they are usually found mounted in frames on the walls of admirers’ homes. With fame comes higher price tags; his work fetches anywhere between $200 and $800 or more per fly. He takes it all in stride. “I’m in a group of people I probably shouldn’t be in. Yet it lets people know this guy can tie. You may not like what he does, but this guy can tie.  “Visit his site at www.creativerealism.us.

 

Ben Byng: Fishing has been in Ben’s blood since he was a young boy. His grandfather took him on many journeys from the Great Lakes to the Florida Keys. His father took him on summertime trips to Eastern Idaho for remote small stream fishing and high mountain adventures. These experiences have armed Ben with lessons that would follow him into fly-fishing. Having the California Delta in his backyard, Ben has spent many hours jamming in his boat through this 1200-mile waterway looking for Striped Bass. This is his fly-fishing wintertime playground.In the summers of 2000-2005, Ben helped Andre Puyans with his Fly Fishing Seminars in Eastern Idaho at Elk Creek Ranch. Ben with the help of Andre and has worked his way to Operations Manager. You can catch Ben tying at the International Sportsmen’s Exops and the Fly-Fishing Shows on the West Coast. If you have time stop by and see what he is tying. Ben’s time is spent now as an instructor for Wilderness Unlimited Fly Fishing clinics and The Becoming An Outdoor Women Fly Fishing clinics. Both highly attended fly fishing schools.

 

Jerry Criss: I retired to Central Oregon for the fly fishing in 2004. Before making the move from California I was fortunate to have as my fly tying mentor Andre’ Puyans’, he believed that “with great technique there is no fly that couldn’t be tied.” I continue that mantra today in my own teaching. As well as teaching and participating in fly tying demos at Orvis, I also participate and demonstrate at most of the tyer conclaves and the Fly Fishing Shows in the western U.S. As an Oregon Youth Angler Instructor and through the Central Oregon Fly Fishers I volunteer time to the Kokanee Karnival program. The sport of fly fishing is for me a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and I like to call my method for fly fishing, “fish-hunting.” There is something very special about locating that one fish that keeps poking its nose up feeding on the tinniest of bugs and with an imitation you created you get that same fish to take it on that one perfect cast, and once in the net you give thanks and release that great creature of nature to live on. In “2009” I received the distinction of Fly Tyer of the Year through the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, an award that is much coveted in the Northwest. I am humbled to be amongst those that came before me.

 

Ken Hanley:   2005 Hall of Fame Inductee, Federation of Fly Fishers (N. California Chapter)
Over 14,000 students have taken advantage of Ken’s varied programs both in the field and on the water. He’s been in the adventure angling industry since 1970.
He’s the author of seven fly fishing books. He also writes and photographs for both national and regional publications in the outdoor industry. Ken has two video/DVD’s celebrating saltwater adventures.
Ken’s extensive field experience spans the globe; from the highest peaks in Tibet and the Himalaya, to the remote wilderness regions of Asia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, and North America. From panfish to roosterfish, he’s caught over ninety different species of fresh and saltwater gamefish.
He’s on Pro Staff with the following sponsors; SAGE Instructor, SIMMS, RIO Products Intl, Daiichi, Renzetti, Umpqua, and Patagonia.

 

Lee Haskin: Lee began his fishing career in the late fifties, at about 10 years old, learning to tie his own flies about the same time. For many years Lee fished, side-by-side with his fly-fishing father, on trout waters, throughout the California Sierras. His father also taught Lee to tie trout flies on a hand made vise, and help from an old Herters fly tying book. In the early 1970’s Lee began to fish San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, with a primary interest in catching stripers with top water bugs. About that same time Lee and old friend, and fishing buddy, Del Brown, (talk about good company!) began fishing Francisco Bay for Stripers. Later, Lee concentrated his efforts on the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, targeting striped bass, fishing from a float tube. Around 1990 Lee discovered a tough, durable foam, that he felt improved the Gartside Gurgler, his favorite top water bug. This type of foam was especially important for foam patterns designed for northern pike, barracuda, and bluefish. As it turned out, others wanted Lee’s foam designs, and his commercial fly tying was underway. Not long after, Lee discovered saltwater flats fishing, and started creating his own patterns to fish these waters-many crafted with the same durable foam. With a growing demand for his flies, Lee started his own fly company, and eventually merged with an overseas company to produce, and market, his patterns commercially. He has designed over 25 commercially tied flies, specifically for inshore species like tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, and redfish…and more!
Howard “Bud” Heintz:  I have been a fly tier for approximately 44 years of which 40 years have been professional.  My professional tying, over the years, consists primarily of fly tying lessons at clubs, fly shops, private tying lessons, and at fly fishing shows such as: The Fly Fishing Show, ISE Shows, NCCFFF Conclaves, the International FFF Conclaves and in the 1970’s, tying custom flies for Buz Buszek’s Fly Shop, in Visalia, Ca.I have enjoyed fishing in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.  My favorite types of fishing are for trout and bass.  I have enjoyed developing patterns for trout, which have been marketed, and I develop custom poppers out of balsa wood for bass and pan fish.Many of my patterns have been published in the “FFF Fly Pattern Encyclopedia”(Hopper on the Cover); “Innovative Flies and Techniques”; and the “FFF Patterns of the Masters”.

 

Mike Henle:  Hi everyone, my name is Mike Henle and I love to fly fish for Largemouth Bass.  I also love to tie Bass Bugs and if I had to choose one over the other, I couldn’t do it, they both need each other!
I grew up in Davis, California, where my father, Bud taught me two things, how to play football……….his way and how to fly fish……….his way.  I learned how to cast a fly rod at 8 years old.  I later learned to fly fish Putah Creek for trout.  But later, my father taught me how to catch the large mouth bass with a fly rod.  I was in love with it after my first catch.
I’ve been tying bass bugs for over twenty five years, first with balsa wood, and then deer hair, which I specialize in now.  Every tier has specializes in their own type of bug for largemouth bass.  They have quite a menu for their appetite.  The one bug I love to tie is the Frog.  It moves great in the water with it’s rubber legs and arms, along with its tear drop shaped body.  The hits I get from bass are so explosive, I actually feel sorry for the real frogs.
Finally, I hope to see you all at the 2018 Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show.  It will be a honor to be able to tie at one of the tables with many of the best tiers in the country.  So stop by and say hi and ask as many questions as possible about fly fishing for bass and my frog pattern.

 

Gene Kaczmarek: Gene has been tying flies for over 24 years and teaches fly tying classes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced tyers. He is noted for his demonstrating of advanced steelhead tying techniques at a number of the IFFF and western fly fishing shows and clubs. Though he tie’s everything from Trout to Salt Water, and Atlantic salmon, Steelhead flies are his first love because they provide the “Freedom of expression like no other tying style.” He is the recipient of the NCCFFF “Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year” award. A founding member of “Veterans First Fly Fishing”, a volunteer group. Past IFFF Northern California Council President and had served on the NCCFFF BOD for 19 years, as VP Marketing, VP Communications, Fly tying chair. He is one of the original members of the IFFF Fly Tying Group BOD and Fly Tying Skills Awards Program past Standing Fly Tying Chair for the International Fair. His home club is the Mission Peak Fly Anglers in Fremont CA. Teaching is what is important to me – We all should have the passion to want to pass on what we know and watch our students excel beyond our abilities.

 

Peter Koga:  Peter began tying in the late ‘60’s to match the type of fishing I was doing at the time.  Trout flies first for freestone streams, spring creeks, lakes and tail water fisheries.  Then got into steelhead fishing and began tying traditional steelhead flies for the California, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia rivers.   Started using two handed rods in 2001 and began tying tube flies, stingers and Intruder type flies for fishing with two handed rods.  Have done a lot of off shore conventional gear fishing and over the past several years began to use fly rods for off shore yellow fin tuna, yellowtail and dorado and the flies for those species, primarily sardines, anchovies and squid patterns.  I was born in Hawaii and have started to chase bonefish and trevally with a fly rod as well since 2004.

 

 

Dave Kruss:  Dave began his lifelong pursuit of fly fishing and tying during 1954 while living in Southern California. Between then and now he has “defrauded” nearly every North American continental fish species from waters fresh & salt, warm & cold, all on flies of his own creation. During his (26) year participation as an international spearfishing competitor, Dave has developed a unique “match-the-hatch” approach to design of saltwater baitfish imitations. Dave is a past president and member of the Peninsula Fly Fishers and continues to teach intermediate and advanced tying classes to club members. He is also a member of the venerable Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and teaches occasional classes for those members as well. Dave publicly demonstrates his skills nearly (150) hours annually at various FFF Council fundraisers and commercial shows (mostly) located in the western states. He volunteered for nearly (15) years as a member of the Board of Directors and Fly Tying Committee Chair for the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, who awarded him recipient of the 2003 Ned Long Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year award. Dave has been published in Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing and Western Outdoors magazines. He presently resides in San Mateo with his wife and a Welch Corgi (dog), with fur amazingly similar to that of an Australian Possum.

 

Angel Lujan:  My introduction to fly fishing began when I was eleven years old. While camping with my family at Beaver Creek located east of Angels Camp, California, I noticed a man downstream, swinging his rod back and forth, catching several fish. When he got close enough to me, I asked what he was doing, and he responded “Fly fishing.” He showed me a little white fly and asked me to watch it as he threw it upstream. Suddenly, the water erupted, and a huge trout emerged! I was hooked. From that moment on, I fly fished sporadically until a major sports injury sidelined me in 2003. After a few months of being a coach potato, I decided to give fly tying a try. I learned how creative you can truly be when designing flies. So after my surgery and rehabilitation, I returned to fly fishing full time with the addition of my newly found passion of fly tying. Since then, I have developed various bait fish patterns, both surface and sub-surface flies tailored for the California Delta. I frequently conduct fly tying demonstrations at various Northern California fly shops and shows, one being the California Sportsmen Show in Sacramento, California. Contact Info: ammale@comcast.net, 510.706.3901

 

Landon R. Mayer: Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to present at The Fly Fishing Shows www.flyfishingshow.com, and related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, Fly Fusion, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms Fishing products, Bauer Fly Reels, R.L. Winston, Scientific Angler, Smith , Fish Pond USA, Yeti Coolers, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 20 years, and one full season on the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at:  www.landonmayer.com,  Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook and  @landonmayerflyfishing on Instagram.

 

David P. McCants: Mr. David (Dave) McCants has been fly fishing Putah Creek for 39 years and has developed fly’s and nymph fishing techniques for use on Putah Creek.

 

 

 

Jay Murakoshi:  I have been in the fly fishing industry for 42 years. Iʼve also been a commercial tyer for 41 years and tied for notables in the industry such as Lefty Kreh and Trey Combs. My patterns have been featured in Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, California Fly Fisher, Western Out- doors, Southwest and Northwest Fly Fishing magazine. Since the early 80ʼs I have spoken to thousands of people at events like the International Sportsman Exposition, Fly Fishing Show, Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair, New Mexico Trout Conclave, sports pro shops. clubs and conclaves. I am on pro staff for RIO, TFO, Hatch Reels, Smith Optics, Costa, Gamakatsu and Dai Ichi Hooks. I also run my own travel business Murakoshi’s Fly Fishing Adventures/Flies Unlimited.

 

 

 

 


Steve Potter: Christmas of 1990 is when Steve received the gift of his first fly tying kit. In complete enjoyment he practiced for hours upon end, tying many different types of flies. Steve gained further expertise in this area from studying the pros like Billy Munn, Jimmy Nix and Chris Helm. As time went on, spinning deer hair not only became a favorite of Steve’s, but he was a natural at it. Steve’s been tying bass bugs and trout flies ever since receiving that first fly tying kit. He has demonstrated his tying skills in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California at Federation of Fly Fishing events. Steve has also tied at the International Sportsman’s Expositions in Pleasanton, San Mateo, and Sacramento, California. The Fly Fishing Shows in San Rafael and Pleasanton, California have featured Steve as one of their tiers. The waters of the Sierra supply various species of trout that make a bountiful day of fishing – well worth the time spent at the tying table! Steve also enjoys wetting his fly line out on the California Delta for Largemouth and Striped Bass. As a team member in 2008, Steve took first place at the 1st California Delta Bass and Fly Competition.

 

Neal Pultz:  Bio to follow

 

Carl Ronk: Carl has been fly fishing since he was eight years old. At age ten he learned to tie flies and has been tying since. Carl is now in his sixties and continues to tie and teach fly tying. Carl was the CEO of Terra Fly Tools, designing and selling tools for fly tying until the company was sold to Wapsi, in 2007. Carl is currently on the Jay Fair / Tie Fast Pro Team. Carl has been a demonstration tier at many show across the northwest for the last six years. He enjoys helping other tiers with tips and tricks.

 

John Ryzanych:  Through his modern approach in the use of fur, feathers and synthetics John has become widely recognized as one of the sports leading creative tiers. His original designs, including the Fat Head bait fish and Air Head top water fly, are used the world over and considered cutting edge for their unique functionality and greater representation of the things sport fish eat. His company, ICON Products, manufactures and distributes specialized fly fishing products. The body forming material SOFTEX is complimented by a line of market leaders like Fly Stages (fly tyer’s vise mounted organizer), Perfect Loops (“engineered” braid loops for perfect line to backing connections) and The Catch & Release “Zero Limit” line of conservation message apparel and decals. In addition to managing the operations and development aspects of his company, John regularly performs tying demonstrations at both domestic and international fly fishing venues, and contributes articles to the sport’s leading magazines. He is also a board member of the Northern California FFF, advisor to the California Department of Fish and Game, and recently successful in sponsoring conservation legislation in his home state of California. When time allows, he pursues his passion for fishing the salt waters of the world!

 

Clifford Sullivan:  I Started Fly Fishing and Fly Tying in 1956 and really never fished any other way (very much). I Started instructing and guiding in 1981, I was an Orvis Endorsed Guide for ten years, also in 1981, I became an exhibition Fly tier. In 1994 I started Tight Lines Fly Fishing School. Then in 1996 I became an FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor.
In 1999 I wrote my first book (Stillwater Trout). In 2002 I did a video for TV ( Introduction to Fly tying).
One of the highlights of my Fly Tying life was in 2002 when Jack Dennis asked me to tie my CDC Emerger for his new video Jack Dennis and Friends Volume 3. I was also asked by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Lesson if they could use the same CDC Emerger in there new book Tying Emergers. You know I Said YES!
In 2003 my Crawler Fly was fished by the Ultimate Fly Fishing Team in the Jackson Hole one Fly.
In 2005 Ron Lewis owner of Sierra Stream & Mountain, the makers of the Tie-Fast tool and the new home of the Jay Fair fly tying materials asked me to come on board. Since then I have started the Jay Fair Pro Team.
In 2008 Bass Pro asked me to run the fly shop in the Manteca store.

 

Les Warren:  Born & raised in Ponca City, OK. I have been fishing since I was 3 years old. I have always enjoyed creating my own fishing lures & jigs. In 2008 I met master tier Clifford Sullivan who introduced me to fly fishing & fly tying. Clifford has been teaching me the art of tying & it has become a major part of my life. I always enjoyed watching & learning from the tiers at the fly tying events & started tying in the shows in 2011 in California & Idaho.

 

 

Rob Weiker:  Rob Weiker is a fly tier, half ass photographer and a hard working guide.  Rob lives in Northwest Montana where he enjoys guiding full time on the entire Flathead River system, the Missouri River, Clark Fork River, Blackfoot River and a few other spots.Rob’s flies are designed and tied with guiding in mind. Trout must eat them, they must not fall apart and they must be different than the other flies in the fly shops. Color changes, material changes, subtle tweaks of traditional patterns and always looking for something that makes it hard for the trout to say “No” are his concepts in tying flies. All flies will catch fish but some days some patterns work better than others. Montana Guide Flies…Want to have a good time on the water or need some advise on tying flies? Look up Rob Weiker and he’ll get you hook’d up!

 

Additional Tiers TBA

 

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Ben Furimsky with StriperA Note from the Director: TBA

Programs, Seminars and Classes

Author’s Booth:  TBA
Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Seminars:

Friday
Catch Room
11:30 John Sherman – Fly Fishing for Delta Bass
1:00 Joe Contaldi – Eastern Sierra On The Fly
2:30 Nate Brumley – Dry Fly Essentials
4:00 Gary Borger – Nymphing from Top to Bottom

Release Room
11:00 Phillip Rowley – Approaching a New Lake
12:30 Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout
2:00 Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing for Carp – A 20-pound Fish near Home!
3:30 Tom Boyd – Trout Tactics

Saturday
Catch Room
10:00  Rob Anderson – Pyramid Lake – Everything You Need To Know
11:30 Denny Rickards – Stillwater Presentation for Trophy Trout
1:00 Phillip Rowley – Tactics for Tough Days
2:30 Dan Blanton – Fly Fishing the California Delta – Improving Your Score with the Dynamic Four
4:00 Landon Mayer – Successful Season: Techniques for  Hunting Quality Trout all Year

Release Room
10:30 Joe Contaldi – Eastern Sierra On The Fly
12:00 Ed Engle – 25 Ways to Elevate Your Trout Game
1:30 Gary Borger – Reading Waters
3:00 Jeff Currier – Streamer Tricks for More and Larger

Sunday
Catch Room
10:00 Dan Blanton – San Luis Reservoir on the Fly – Keeping up with the Changes to Keep You in the Game
11:30 Gary Borger – The Opportunistic Angler
1:00 Ed Engle – Fly Fishing Western Tailwaters
2:30 Denny Rickards – Eliminating Presentation Mistakes for Stillwaters

Release Room
10:30 Rob Anderson – Pyramid Lake – Everything You Need To Know
12:00 John Sherman – Elevate your Delta Fly Game
1:30 Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing Warmwater – Bass, Pike, Carp and More
3:00 Landon Mayer – Trout Tips 2.0, New Secrets and Tactics for Selective Trout

Talks subject to change and additions.

Featured Fly Tiers:

Friday

11:00 Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties That Catch Fish
12:15 Denny Rickards – What’s New in Stillwater Patterns
1:30 Philip Rowley – Dubbing Loop Tricks and Techniques
2:45 Gary Borger – Down and Dirty Flies
4:00 Nate Brumley – Tying with Bear Hair

Saturday

11:00 Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
12:15 Dan Blanton – Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
1:30 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners
2:45 Phillip Rowley – Stillwater Favorites4:00 Gary Borger – Spinning Flies

Sunday

10:00  Phillip Rowley – Balanced Flies
11:15 Landon Mayer – Guide Flies: Quick Step Durable Ties that Catch Fish
12:30 Rob Anderson – Patterns for Pyramid Lake
1:45 Dan Blanton – Dan Blanton Originals and Favorites
3:00 Ed Engle – Tying Small Dry Flies, Emergers and Spinners

 

Talks subject to change and additions.

Casting Demonstrations:

Friday
Inside Pond
12:15 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15 Simon Gawesworth – Single Handed Spey Casting
4:15 Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101

Outside Pond
11:15 Floyd Dean – Perfecting the Double Haul
1:15 Wendy Gunn – Simple Casting Tips for Better Fishing
3:15 Phillip Rowley – Stillwater Presentation and Casting Techniques

Saturday
Inside Pond
10:15 Jeff Currier – Fly Casting 101
12:15 Gary Borger – The Perfect Cast
2:15 Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Casts that Help you Feed Fish

Outside Pond
11:15 Matt Heron – Tips and Tricks to Advance Your Casting
1:15 Floyd Dean – Perfecting the Double Haul
3:15 Simon Gawesworth – Spey Casting Basics and Top Tips

Sunday
Inside pond
10:15 Matt Heron – Fly Casting Faults and Fixes
12:15 Simon Gawesworth – Single Handed Spey Casting
2:00 Gary Borger – Casting Strategies

Outside Pond
11:15 Mary Ann Dozer – Optimizing Your Cast at Short and Long Distances
12:45 Landon Mayer – The Short Game: Casts that Help you Feed Fish
2:30    Jeff Currier – Casting in the Wind and the Double Haul

Talks subject to change and additions.

Classes with the Experts:

Friday 2:00-4:30pm

Intro to Fly Casting Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy. All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

Saturday 8:30-11:00am

The Perfect Cast with Gary Borger.  This casting class focuses on the skills needed to develop sound casting and mending, and encompasses Wrist Casting, Arm Assisted Wrist Casting, Whole Arm Casting, The Bow and Arrow and Long Range Bow and Arrow Casts, the Elliptical Stroke, Across the Head Casting, Curve Casting, Side Arm Roll Casting, Switch Casting, Reach Mend, Parachute Mend, Puddle Mend. Curve Mend, Hump Mend, Puddle Reach, the C Pickup, Shooting Line, and more. Intermediate.  Click HERE to Register

Basics of Spey casting a double hand rod with Floyd Dean.  Learn the foundation of spey casting through the lift, sweep, anchor, circle up and stroke. All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Practical Nymphing with Ed Engle.  This class will introduce beginning and experienced nymphers to the foundation nymphing techniques such as high-stick, tight-line, and long line that are the basis every nymphing style. Learn when to use the various techniques, nymph rigs for each of them, attractor and match-the-natural nymph fly patterns and how to modify the basic nymphing techniques for unique on-the-water situations. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of floating strike indicators, sighter-style strike detection and other ways to detect strikes.  Ed will talk about regional differences in nymphing styles. He’ll also discuss the importance of simplifying your nymphing. There will be a “hands-on” break to demonstrate useful knots and rigs for nymph fishers. Both novice and experienced nymph fishermen with come away from the class with a clearer vision of nymphing techniques and principles and how to apply those principles to their home waters.   Always filled, so don’t wait!  All levels.  Click HERE to Register

Advanced Stillwater Strategies and Tactics with Phil Rowley.Tired of just doing ok when you fish lakes?  Then its time to take your stillwater fly-fishing skills to the next level.
In this advanced stillwater seminar you will learn a variety of techniques and tactics intended to make your next outing as productive as possible.  Listed below is a small sample of what you will learn.
• Carry the right stuff, stillwater equipment choices including rods, lines, leaders and droppers.
• Understanding the various and often-complex choice of fly lines available to the stillwater fly fisher and how to use them
• How to read lakes
• How to locate and target specific structure such as weed beds, drop off’s and points
• Choosing the right fly
• Tactics for when fishing is not going according to plan
• How and when to use attractor techniques and patterns
• Integrating the use of electronics
• Loch style tactics and techniques
• Common stillwater presentation mistakes and how to avoid them.
• And much more!
Each year more people are learning of the riches lakes offer today’s fly fisher. If you want to improve your stillwater skills this workshop is a must.  Sign up now, this workshop books fast!  All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

Saturday 2:00-4:30pm

Intro to Fly Casting Casting with Mary Ann Dozer.  The best fly fishers know how to cast. Fly Casting is easy when you apply a few basic mechanics. During this two and a half hour class you will get real-time application and coaching on the roll cast and overhead cast.  You will walk away with the confidence and skills to deliver a  deliver the fly to water successfully.  All levels.Click HERE to Register

Winter on a Dry Fly with Nate Brumley.  This presentation explores the world of tiny bugs and big fish as they rendezvous at the surface in winter. You’ll learn critical insight about a fish’s feeding habits in winter and Nate will show you how to utilize that information to set up and deliver in the hatch. Nate divulges all the secrets, all the strategies, and all the insight you’ll need to open up a whole new fly fishing season. Some of the most exciting dry fly fishing of the year happens after the first hard frost and this presentation will prepare you for that experience with the right gear, knowledge of the hatches, and the perfect selection of winter dry flies. PDF handout emailed with purchase of class. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

Sunday 8:30-11:00am

Casting Strategies with Gary Borger. This clinic focuses on the skills of casting as a means of delivering the fly at all distances with rods of all flexes and weights.  There is detailed discussion of the grip style, hand position on the rod handle, Flick Casting, Shooting Line on the Back Cast, The Triple Shoot, The Key to the Double Haul, Long Distance Casting with Side Arm, Elliptical, Overhead, and Across the Head Strokes, and much more. All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Situational casting with Floyd Dean.  Learn the Tuck, Bounce, Pile, Pin Point, Wiggle, and Positive and Negative Curve Casts.  You will also learn a variety of roll casts including the Extended Reach Roll with a shoot, the Wind Cheater Roll and Snake Roll.  Floyd will instruct you on how to use each cast in fishing situations with tips from pick up to presentation.   All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Trout Hunting 101 With Landon Mayer. A visual look into the techniques and tactics used to successfully navigate your trout hunting adventure. Utilizing many “out of the box” methods for hunting trout in rivers and still waters, this class reveals tips and tricks used by Landon himself as well as fly selections designed to perform. With a step by step approach that includes dissolving photos, illustrations, and videos, Landon brings over 200 plus days a year of teaching into an easily understandable format that all anglers, beginner and advanced, can enjoy. All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Dry Fly Academy with Nate Brumley.  Flat out…the most informative dry fly presentation ever assembled! In 2.5 hours, you’ll be introduced to 50 years of knowledge fishing exclusively a dry fly. Tons of instructional video, cutting edge techniques, and masterful strategies are all tailored to up your game on a dry fly. The treasure trove of information contained in this class will simply “blow you away!” PDF handout emailed with purchase of class. All levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

Sunday 2:00-4:30pm

For Women Only with Wendy Gunn.  Join this all women’s class to learn proper basics and improve your fly-casting.  All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

Euro Nymphing 101 with Phil Rowley.  Euro nymphing is arguably the most efficient and effective presentation nymphing techniques in use today.  In many instances proper use of Euro Nymphing techniques out perform traditional nymphing techniques by a large margin.
This comprehensive seminar will provide you with a wealth of information including specifics on short line (Polish & Czech) and long line (Spanish & French) techniques.  Here is a small cross section of what you will learn:
• Rod, reel and line specifics
• Leader construction techniques
• Droppers
• Sighters, use, construction and integration
• Tips on fly location
• Presentation techniques
• Fly Patterns
Euro nymphing is both versatile and deadly effective. If you wish to increase your catch rate and nymphing skills this is a must workshop.  Sign up today, as this workshop always books fast!  All Levels.  Click HERE to Register

 

Note: Most tying classes require some tying experience and others may require more. Ask us when you call. Beginners are welcome, but be prepared for more than basics. All students must bring their own tying vise, tools, lamp if needed, and a sampling of materials. Most classes will provide adequate materials for the patterns being taught.  If a class is canceled, you will be notified 5 days prior to the show and permitted to switch or receive a refund.

Casting Classes will be held outside.  All other classes will be held indoors.

Casting Classes: Bring your own rod, reel & line.

Fly Tying Classes: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials.

To insure quality instruction class size is limited. Call us for more class descriptions or availability. Classes will fill and close, so register early. The tuition charge of $85 includes admission to the show for that day. There are no refunds unless the class is canceled. You MUST register in advance. Click HERE to register online.  For more information call 814-443-3638.

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BACK AGAIN: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival. One night only, Friday, February 23 at 6:30. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance or with a paid Fly Fishing Show admission for that day. Click HERE for advance tickets.

 

 

FFI Learning Center:  Fly Fishers International (FFI) hosts the Fly Fishing Learning Center with fly tying, casting instruction and other fly fishing information and is free to show attendees. Fly tying focuses on young attendees, but all ages are welcome. Tying sessions begin every 30 minutes during periods of high demand; “when you get there” during periods of lighter attendance. There are usually three casting classes per day taught by FFI Certified Casting instructors, 11am, 1 and 3pm. Sign-up for each casting class at the FFI booth. These classes are limited to 10 students and are about 1 hour long. Fly rods provided.

For more experienced fly fishers, an instructor will individually video your cast and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. The FFI Learning Center is good place to advance the skills of all fly fishers. Stop by and get acquainted!

 

 

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